For live performances or recording studio mixing, musicians use in-ear monitors to hear music or a custom mix of stage instrumentation and vocals. They often offer a high level of noise reduction from ambient surroundings and are custom fitted for a person’s ears. The amount of noise reduction offered by a custom-fit in-ear monitor will typically range from 25 to 35 dB, depending on the fit’s precision and ear canal length.
Custom-fitted musicians earplugs may be beneficial for musicians who do not require amplified playback in their ears. These are non-electrical earplugs that have been fitted with special filters to tame some of the louder frequencies in music without degrading the listening experience as a whole. Normal ear plugs block high-frequency sounds, which muffles voices and dulls the timbre of music. This issue is resolved by the musician’s ear plugs’ natural sound, which lowers the volume you hear without distorting the sounds.
A certified hearing-care specialist can make and fit in-ear monitors and musicians’ earplugs specifically for each musician’s needs.